Asus to Start Shipping Radeon R9 290 DirectCU II OC Graphics Card

Next week Asus is going to start shipping its newest graphics card from Radeon R9 series. Codenamed Radeon R9 290 DirectCU II OC, it is based on an original PCB with black-and-red design and the incorporation of an exclusive DirectCU II cooling system. Plus, the availability of ‘OC’ in the codename implies the availability of factory overclocking.



Asus Radeon R9 290 DirectCU II OC takes GCN Hawaii core with 2816 stream processors as the basis. It operates at an overclocked 1000 MHz frequency. The model is equipped with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory (512-bit bus) that runs at an effective 5400 MHz frequency. Just for a comparison, etalon adapter from AMD runs at 947 MHz/ 5000 MHz for GPU/memory correspondingly.


DirectCU II cooler consists of a heatsink, four copper nickel-plated heatpipes (two of them feature 10 mm dimensions), and two high-performance fans: one ordinary and one CoolTech. The card receives power via 6+8-pin connectors and might require not less than 600 W PSU.

Xigmatek Manifests Specifications of Apache III

Xigmatek, a Taiwanese manufacturer of PC cooling solutions, has just promulgated the specifications of its new cooler series entitled Apache III. The series consists of two models only, which differentiate themselves by the casing's material and color. Model CD901 is housed in a silver aluminum casing, while model CD903 – in a black anodized aluminum casing. Both models have been developed specifically for CPU cooling purposes; they are able to support various platforms offered by Intel and AMD: LGA 775, 1155, 1156 (Intel), Socket AM2 and later (AMD).



Both models in Apache III series are equipped with a voluminous aluminum heatsink and 92 mm fan with half-transparent orange ribs. The fan is based on Long Life bearing and features PWM facility that allows for the adjustment of fan rotational speed. The speed span variates between 1200-2500 rpm, depending on the CPU temperature and loading. The noise level does not outreach the measures of twenty dB.


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Ultrabook Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon will debut on August 21

In May this year, Lenovo, HP, along with being the largest manufacturer of branded PCs, has announced plans to release 14-inch ultrabook premium-level ThinkPad X1 Carbon. In order to attract affluent buyers who are in search of a fashion mini-PC, the frame and lid are made of CFRP (carbon fiber) — lightweight and durable material that is used, including in the aerospace industry, and expensive cars. Due to this, the thickness of the laptop is reduced to 17.7 mm, and weights — up to 1.36 kg.



Screen of Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a resolution of 1600x900 pixels, a maximum brightness of 300 and wide viewing angles. Graphic system is presented by built Adapter Intel HD 4000 into the processor Ivy Bridge. RAM is 4 GB and can be expanded up to 8 GB. Keyboard ThinkPad Precision doesn’t have numeric keypad, but it has an LED backlight.


In addition, the novelty has a webcam 720p, battery with a resource of battery life of up to 6 h 20 min., fingerprint scanner, connectors …
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